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SPACE Designer Phelan x Zendaya and Beyoncé

There’s a really good chance you spent this last weekend wrapping your mind around Beyoncé’s brand new Lemonade film, and if so you very likely took some more time to meditate on the outfits and give it up for the killer urban-earth-girl styling choices.

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A still from Bey’s Lemonade, via Phelan

Did you get stuck on Zendaya? Yeah, us too. The plaited and braided singer/dancer looks future-perfect and completely Zen in one of our favorite New York City-based SPACE brands, Phelan. It’s perfect synergy, too, because Amanda Phelan is also a dancer. Her refined and thoughtful relationship with movement and kinetics informs just about everything she does.

Of particular note: her radical knitwear of course, and the way it’s presented. For Amanda, it’s not about typical runway parades but narrative, riveting dance performances that express an entire world of style and emotion.

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Grind Till You Own It: Beyoncé’s Body Feminism and New Activewear Line, IVY PARK

Ivy Park, Beyonce on basketball courtA pretty good wellness indicator might be to try to keep pace with the dance moves in a Beyoncé video. We suggest “7/11” or “Single Ladies,” but perhaps start with the choreography in “Flawless” or “Diva” sans stilettos. Watching the singer drop it in 6-inch heels, bounce back, then gyrate and seemingly strut up walls is to witness enviable human stamina and coordination in three minutes of combined viewing and listening pleasure.

No doubt Beyoncé is fit. And it isn’t just the version of fitness that’s measured in low body fat and how one (usually a feminine one) looks in a swimsuit. Beyoncé’s body is strong, capable, sexual, able to accomplish complicated rhythmic maneuvers at will. She is an Olympian on the concert stage—and the possessor of more leotards than the entire 2012 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics team.

And now you can strut a mile in her spandex. IVY PARK, a joint venture of Beyoncé’s Parkwood Entertainment and Topshop, will debut on April 14 at Nordstrom. With the tag line “Strong Beyond Measure,” IVY PARK attests to Beyoncé’s unique capability to make everything she touches culturally significant. Those three words are about empowerment, not about losing a dress size.

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